Leclerc plays down title advantage despite promising Raikkonen omen

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Charles Leclerc couldn’t conceal his pleasure after extending his lead within the World Championship to 34 factors, however he has been fast to minimize his title possibilities.

					Leclerc plays down title advantage despite promising Raikkonen omen


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Charles Leclerc admitted his delight at seeing his and Ferrari’s present place within the World Championship standings, however has been clear to not get carried away by their near-perfect begin to the season.

The Monegasque at present boasts a 34-point lead over his nearest rival within the race for the game’s largest prize having completed first, second and first in the course of the season’s opening three races, in addition to taking the quickest lap level in all three rounds.

By successful the Australian Grand Prix from pole place, he turned the primary Ferrari driver to take action since Kimi Raikkonen in the course of the 12 months the Finn would go on to be topped World Champion (2007).

It comes after Leclerc transformed pole place right into a race win on the opening weekend of 2022, a feat solely beforehand achieved by Ferrari drivers who would go on to win the title later that 12 months.

“That is nice to listen to,” he advised media, together with, after the Australian GP, when the factoid was identified to him.

“However we’re solely on the third race. For now, I do not wish to take into consideration the championship, despite the fact that I am unable to lie that it’s good to see the place we’re within the championship and for what we’re combating for.”

Ferrari expertise eager to maintain mindset unaltered

Leclerc’s begin to the season behind the wheel of his fast and dependable Ferrari has left him the bookmakers’ favorite to clinch the title, however the 24-year-old is anticipating loads of twists and turns to return.

“It feels wonderful. I imply, 34 factors is loopy,” he mentioned.

“However, once more, I actually tried to take it out of my head, I do not wish to change my mindset.

“I believe that the mindset of the workforce, and myself, in the meanwhile, is strictly the place it must be, and it must say there.

“But it surely’s nice. I imply, on a observe like [Australia] particularly, it is a observe that I’ve at all times struggled with prior to now and I managed to place a really robust weekend collectively.”

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Whereas Ferrari have been near faultless in the course of the opening rounds, Purple Bull have seen reliability issues maintain them again.

Max Verstappen now finds himself 46 factors behind within the race for the title, whereas Purple Bull are 49 factors behind Ferrari within the Constructors’ Championship.

However Leclerc has performed down the benefit, saying: “I do not suppose we’re offered with the true image of this championship.

“Purple Bull may be very shut. Sadly, Max has some issues, however I am fairly positive that they’ll come again and they are going to be there.

“We have to concentrate on ourselves, attempt to preserve enhancing, [and] to maintain the reliability that now we have that’s serving to us quite a bit because the starting of the season.”

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					Leclerc plays down title advantage despite promising Raikkonen omen

					Leclerc plays down title advantage despite promising Raikkonen omen


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